“I use spoken word poetry to help my students rediscover wonder, to fight their instincts to ‘be cool’ and unphased and instead actively pursue being engaged with what goes on around them so that they can reinterpret and create something from it. It’s not that I think spoken word poetry is the ideal artform. I am always trying to find the best way to tell each story… but I teach spoken word poetry because it’s accessible. Not everyone can read music or owns a camera but everyone can communicate in some way and everyone has stories that the rest of us can learn from. Plus spoken word poetry allows for immediate connection. It’s not uncommon for people to feel alone or that nobody understands them but spoken word poetry teaches that if you have the ability to express yourself and the courage to present those stories and opinions you could be rewarded with a room full of your peers or your community who will listen.”
– Sarah Kay